Angels 4, Dodgers 3
There was a lot not to like about the Angels performance on Friday evening at Chavez Ravine. For the first few innings, the Angels seemed like they were sleepwalking through their ABs vs. David Price, who entered the game with a 1.45 WHIP. The defense left much to be desired, with the outfield misplaying a few balls. Patrick Sandoval labored.
And then there was the baserunning.
There must have been a dugout mandate to attack Austin Barnes behind the plate, but at least initially, such plans looked horrendous. David Fletcher attempted a delayed steal and was easy pickings for Barnes. Later, Juan Lagares, on first base with two outs, was cut down stealing with Sandoval at the plate. The logic of stealing a base with two outs and the pitcher at the plate continues to escape me. If someone finds this shrivel of reasoning, please deliver it down below (it won’t be found).
(Just now the Angels attempted executing a double steal, which failed miserably. This team is amazing.)
Yet the running eventually started turning successful. Fletcher and Jack Mayfield swiped bags. And Sandoval shoved just enough (5 innings, 2 runs), to give the Angels a chance.
And two solo shots did manage to carry the team into extra innings, courtesy of José Iglesias and Capt Jack Mayfield.
Pun ignored, Mayfield really is having a time of things. It’s truly remarkable to watch.
Austin Warren pitched 2.1 innings of solid relief, following the scoreless appearances of Sam Selman and José Quijada, and we were onto the Manfred-ball.
With Jo Adell at second, Iglesias poked a double into right. Shohei Ohtani, who finally pinch-hit after the Angels had practically burned the bench, was intentionally walked, and Mayfield (who else!) flared a single to take a 4-2 lead.
Raisel Iglesias allowed the Manfred-run to score in the bottom of the tenth but otherwise closed the door on the Dodgers, who still chase the Giants in the NL West.
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